IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO TIME AND MAN FORGOT,

BUT WHO GOD HAS NOT

-monument inscription, Wabash County (Illinois) Cemetery

 

InstitutionalCemeteries.org is an attempt to catalog all known cemeteries established for residents of asylums, poorhouses, poor farms, prisons, orphanages, and similar institutions – in other words, cemeteries for the unclaimed. 

Many of these individuals were buried in unmarked or numbered graves, and many of the burial grounds have been allowed to deteriorate.  Most of the original institutions have closed.  And some institutions that remain will not release burial information to the public, citing privacy laws.  Whatever the causes, the results are the same.  The people who lived and died at these institutions are robbed of a basic human dignity:  the dignity of being remembered, of being acknowledged as a life that mattered.  And a piece of our shared history is lost.

Our goal is to get every one of these cemeteries – and the name of every person known to be laid to rest in them – on Findagrave.com, the web’s premier grave-registration site, and to index and collect information about those cemeteries in one place.

We need your help!  Click the "How to Help" tab to submit information or suggestions about any cemetery listed here, or a cemetery we don’t know about.

Most of the individuals laid to rest in these cemeteries were forgotten in their own lifetimes.  It is our hope that they will not be forgotten to history.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 

-Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV)